Now is the time of year for nesting. And this year the birds are really noticeable. They have lost a lot of their fear and are coming closer. Yesterday I watched a magpie collecting nesting material from our back hedge, something I have never seen before, and on my solitary walk this morning I found small feathers, witness to nesting activities such as the defense of ones territory.
Category Archives: Meditation
The Birds of the Air: a visual meditation
Once upon a time, a man sowed a tiny mustard seed in the ground. From it grew a tree, so large that the birds of the air came and made a home in its branches. (Matthew 13v 31-32) This picture shows a community installation artwork called Flock, which I helped make with Shine Charity, Bradford. …
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Meditation for wellbeing
A guided meditation exploring our own wellbeing. We start with a stilling exercise being thankful for the different areas of our lives and then have some time of quiet meditation, a reflection and a poem. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/meditation-for-wellbeing The poem is ‘Calm Is All Nature As A Resting Wheel’ by William Wordsworth Picture is by Alisa Anton …
We regularly create recorded guided meditations to help you find some inner peace. Each one is just over 10 minutes long and has a stilling exercise to start so you feel calm from the beginning. Guided meditations are a great place to start with meditation as you don’t need any prior knowledge but they can …
Wings of a dove: a visual meditation
I have been recently made aware of the limbic brain: the part of the brain that comes fully formed with us into the world. Within it reside our earliest memories: it is where our ‘gut instincts’ originate and also where we learn our knee jerk reactions. Reactions such as flight or fight. But also as I have recently learnt, freeze. This has been a revelation to me as I have realized that I am a freezer: in the face of decision-making or crisis, I become the proverbial rabbit in headlights.
Finding our way: a visual meditation
Even though we are all on ‘go slow’ are minds do not always allow us to be contemplative. My mind is endlessly noisy, busy with it endeavours, worries, distractions and concerns. If you look closely at this picture, you will find both a maze and a labyrinth: two seemingly similar devices.
Meditation on the natural world
A meditation focusing on the beauty of the natural world. It starts with a stilling exercise and there are a couple of reflective readings, one is the poem Trees by Kilmer.
The present moment: a visual meditation
Have a look at this picture. What do you notice? What interests you? What do you find disconcerting?
This print is one of 14 based on drawings based on small, almost unnoticed natural forms; such as plants that people often call weeds. The humble, yet exquisite details of nature. Each image has a pair of gold leafed woodblock shapes in them. These are taken from the daily midday office in which the ‘glory be’ is sung with a different tune but the same words each day over a two week cycle. The woodblocks are in the shape of the notes and are placed in their different places on each print, in the same way that glory can be found differently in each moment of our lives. As Jorge Luis Borges says “There is no day without its moments of paradise”.
Meditation on loneliness
A guided meditation with the theme of loneliness. A stilling exercise followed by some quiet reflection with music and readings.
Anastasia: a visual meditation
In many ways we will be feeling like this in our current situation. There is a not knowing about the virus, we cannot say as yet what the outcome will be, how many will live or die or how long we will have to stay in lockdown. It’s a very tough time for all of us in different ways.